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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/14/2011

Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.02    Surface Temperature - 90

Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.05    Surface Temperature - 90
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and on a slow drawdown.  Expect the lakes to reach another foot below summer pool by the end of the month in accordance with the TVA River Operating Schedule barring any unforeseen influx of water.  

Kentucky Dam has been drawing  between 25,000 and 26,000 cfs flow around the clock this week.  Barkley Dam has been drawing an average of 16,000 cfs around the clock this past week.  We have had triple digit heat indexes during the afternoons  all week and this is forecasted to continue through the weekend.  Make sure you remember to have plenty of cold water and sunscreen in your boat before you head out on the water.  

Keep an eye out for afternoon thunderstorms as the chances for these are increasing through the weekend.  These summer storms can form very quickly and produce high localized winds and dangerous lightning, so if you see a storm coming up, play it safe and go to safe port.
The Largemouth Bass fishing on the ledges has been pretty much a mirror of last week, with the better bite being on slow techniques such as Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and slow rolled swim baits.  The White Bass fishing has been reported as good this week with some numbers of surface feeding fish most days, especially in the early morning hours.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jig, slow rolled spinnerbaits and slow rolled swim baits. Largemouth are also being taken on the flats adjacent to the ledges on the main lakes as they are feeding under the schools of surface feeding White Bass. 

These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, slow rolled swim baits and spinnerbaits and blade baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lakes points and on secondary points in the creeks and bays during the early morning and late evening hours on topwater lures, medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms as they are feeding on schools of young baitfish.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes with Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and slow rolled swim baits.  Smallmouth are also being taken early and late in the day on main lake points with spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in white and black/silver, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple, purplegrass and green pumpkin, Charmer 10.5" worms in plum,  Big Hammer swim baits in sexy perch, shad and baitfish, Steel Shad blade baits in silver,  Slong's football head jigs in bassbuster and D&L football head jigs in Cumberland Craw.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken by vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons along old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes as well as on old creek channel ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are also being taken while surface feeding, especially on flats adjacent to the channel ledges early and late in the day.  

These surface feeders are being taken by casting small poppers , inline spinners and small crankbaits into the feeding schools.  Some Whites are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around emerging mayflies early and late in the day near overhanging vegetation.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail and bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp/leech combinations.  

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